Parrott-Wood Memorial Library Revisiting the Founding Era Program

Parrott-Wood Memorial Library (3133 W. Old. A.J. Hwy., Strawberry Plains, TN) is proud to announce another Revisiting the Founding Era Grant of $800.00. This grant is an extension to the $1,000.00 grant they received previously. This grant was presented to the library through Mossy Creek Network Inc. The programs will be offered in person and virtual. Space is limited and registration is required. Please call 865-933-1311 if you are interested in the in person program. Mask will be required for all in person programs.

Please see schedule below:

Adult Programs at 1:00 pm

  • Monday, April 5, 2021 – Paul Revere and the Sons of Liberty: The midnight ride revisited.

  • Monday, April 12, 2021 – Brilliant Ben Franklin: Inventor, Politician, Author, and Statesman

  • Monday, May 3, 2021 – Creating the Constitution: Beginning to the End

  • Monday, May 10, 2021 – The Little Known Founder Alexander Hamilton: There will be a video link to Broadway play, Hamilton.

  • Monday, May 17, 2021 – Women Founders: Emphasis on Abigail Adams

Programs for Children and Youth at 4:30 pm

  • Monday, April 5, 2021 – Paul Revere: The first book for children will be A Picture Book of Paul Revere by David A. Adler. There will be a link to this book where the children can complete a scavenger hunt to find the locations in Boston and Lexington that Paul Revere and William Dawes made on their midnight ride.

  • Monday, April 12, 2021 – Benjamin Franklin: The many roles that Patriot Benjamin Franklin exhibited will be explored using the children’s book The Life of Benjamin Franklin by Yona Zeldis McDonough. A scavenger hunt of the life travels of Mr. Franklin will be posted for this book as a link from the Parrot Wood Library.

  • Monday, May 3, 2021 – Developing the Constitution: The third children’s book is designed for slightly older children. It would probably be most suitable for the fourth through eighth grade age children because it is a longer book with lots of fun details about the designing of the Constitution. Adults would probably enjoy this book as well. There are actual fun facts about the fifty- five delegates that came together to write the Constitution. The fact that the delegates gave themselves a couple of weeks of vacation right during the middle of the writing process is not well known. This book is called Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz. There will be lesson plans to go along with this book.

  • Monday, May 10, 2021 – Alexander Hamilton: The fourth session will be about the lesser known founder, Alexander Hamilton.

  • Monday, May 17, 2021 – Women of the Revolution: The fifth session will be about the ladies who helped during the Revolution and the Founding Era. The children’s book will be about the second First Lady of the United States, Abigail Adams.

Beginning in Spring 2018, the Gilder Lehman Institute of American History presents Revisiting the Founding Era, a public programming initiative to promote community conversations in public libraries. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Revisiting the Founding Era will use historical documents to spark public conversations about the Founding Era’s enduring ideas and themes and encourage understanding and appreciation of the time period.

Revisiting the Founding Era is designed to provide librarians and local leaders with the resources and support they need to create engaging community conversations around the Founding Era ideas and themes that influence our lives today. Taken from: (